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Apr 28, 2017

4.26: commodity kids; world-building; better monsters


updates and ideas from the D&S community and beyond

In Driving School Choice 

Claire Fontaine contends that positioning education as a commodity risks re-entrenching segregation

Around the Institute

New Listen episodes!

Newly added to listen.datasociety.net: Encoding Race, Encoding Class: Indian IT Workers in Berlin (Sareeta Amrute); and Post-Truth and New Realities: Algorithms, Alternative Facts, and Digital Ethics (Maurizio Ferraris and Martin Scherzinger).

Call for Applications: “Future Perfect” Conference 

Apply to Future Perfect by Friday, May 12! We seek creative contributions including papers, performances, and games for this all-day June gathering on speculative design, narrative, and world-building in technology, policy, and culture.

Guidelines for submissions can be found here.

Jobs: Come work with us!

Data & Society is hiring for two positions: a Media Manipulation Lead and a Fellowship Manager. Apply now!

Around the Around

Unroll.me Service Faces Backlash Over a Widespread Practice: Selling User Data

“In several posts on Twitter, Unroll.me pointed fingers at Google’s Gmail and at Facebook as having more personal data on people. ‘Just know, Gmail has more data on you than we ever would,’ Unroll.me posted.” —Mike Isaac, Steve Lohr

Build a Better Monster: Morality, Machine Learning, and Mass Surveillance

“Unless something happens to mobilize the tech workforce, or unless the advertising bubble finally bursts, we can expect the weird, topsy-turvy status quo of 2017 to solidify into the new reality.” —Maciej Cegłowski